Abandoned: The incredible tale of a French castaway

Sit back now and let us tell you a tale. An amazing tale of French cabin boy Narcisse Pelletier who was shipwrecked, left to die, rescued and adopted by an Aboriginal clan and then ‘rescued’ again 17 years later. “His name is Narcisse Peltier [sic] […] one of the survivors of the French vessel St […]

Referendum Blues

Four days before Australians voted in the 1916 referendum about compulsory military service, a teacher at Richmond Hill State School decided to explore this process of voting when teaching the combined  Fourth and Fifth classes. On Tuesday 24 October Mr William John Williams discussed the concept of a referendum -“what it is, when it is […]

Tragedy at Wickham Terrace

On 1 December 1955 Karl Kast, equipped with ‘a revolver, more than 100 rounds of .38 calibre ammunition, a box of detonators and a satchel of home-made piping bombs’ murdered two prominent doctors at their practices on Wickham Terrace, Brisbane. Another doctor was injured and a local horse trainer had two fingers blown off as […]

Murphy’s Creek Railway Accident

On the morning of January 29, 1913 a livestock train departed from Toowoomba and derailed near the Murphy’s Creek railway station, about one mile from the station yard limits. No members of the crew were injured, but many hundreds of cattle were killed and a considerable amount of damage was caused to the vehicles and […]

Who Were the Midnight Runners?

Within our collection is this striking photograph of the opening of the Blackall train line taken in 1908. The photographer, along with gathered dignitaries, a brass band, and hardy spectators braved an onslaught of treacherous mud and cantankerous rain. As reported in The Queenslander on the 23 May 1908: “The special train left Rockhampton last […]

Clement Lindley Wragge and Queensland meteorology

On 28 June ABCNews 24 ran an item on Clement Lindley Wragge, an English born meteorologist who was commissioned in 1886 by the Queensland Government to write a report on the development of a meteorological organisation in Queensland. Within its collection, Queensland State Archives holds a large 1903 report written by Clement Wragge regarding the Stiger […]

Queensland’s first steam locomotive

On 6 June 2012, Dr Ruth Kerr delivered her annual speech on John Kerr’s historiography at the Queensland Day Dinner, hosted by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. John Douglas Kerr was an esteemed historian, statistician and writer. He was also renowned for his knowledge of the history of Australian railways. Dr Ruth Kerr spoke […]

Yungaba Immigration Centre

This article, by Dr Julie Ustinoff, was originally published on the Queensland State Archives website, March 2013. If the walls of the Yungaba Immigration Centre (Digital Image ID 1588) could talk, there would be many stories to tell; stories of happiness, hope, and new beginnings; but also some of sadness, suffering, and loss. Since its […]

Beerburrum Soldier Settlement

Written by Paul Sutton, Researcher The Beerburrum Soldier Settlement was an Australian Government funded, and Queensland Government administered effort, to provide land to repatriated servicemen who had served in the Australian and Imperial armed forces during World War One. The settlement was established in 1916 and ran until terminated during the late 1920s, though many […]